(6-18-19) – Jon Niemeyer’s two-out single to left field scored Jared Huelsman to give Minster a 2-1 victory over Russia in the recent OHSAA Division IV state baseball championship.

For Niemeyer the walk-off hit that won a Sate Championship is what every kid dreams of doing. For Dion Puthoff, the SS for the Russia Raiders it was a tough loss in the biggest game of his life to a backyard neighbor.

But what happened recently after that game is a reason to celebrate high school sports. Puthoff picked up the ball that was the game winning hit and was going to keep it as a memory of a great tournament run.  But what he did next was a sign of a young man who understands the true value of sportsmanship.


Dion Puthoff, thanks for reminding us all about what is important in life, you are a ‘Class Kid’. You may have not won a state title, but you a winner in every way possible.

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